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UNC Men's Basketball Bio
44 Tyler Zeller
Zeller Zeller 816815
Scored 103 points in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the second-highest scoring output by a Tar Heel in a four-game NCAA Tournament behind only Charles Scott, who totaled 105 points in 1969 • First Tar Heel to score 20 or more points in four straight NCAA games since Donald Williams in 1993 • Averaged 25.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and had six assists, eight blocks and five steals in the NCAA Tournament • Made 35 for 59 (.593) from the floor and 33 for 39 (.846) from the line • First time in his career he scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games • Led UNC in scoring in each of the four NCAA games • Selected to the East Regional all-tournament team.

One of five players selected to CoSIDA's 2011 Capitol One Academic All-America first team • The first Tar Heel to earn first-team Academic All-America honors since Eric Montross in 1994 • Won the 2011 Skip Prosser Award as the ACC's top scholar-athlete in men's basketball • Named to the ACC's All-Academic team for the third year in a row.

Carolina's leading active scorer with 880 points in 79 games (11.1 ppg) • Shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 75.3 from the line • Played on the 2009 national championship team as a freshman.

JUNIOR SEASON (2010-11)
Led the ACC in field goal percentage in all games (.547) and ACC games (.580) • Carolina's defensive player of the game a team-high 11 times • Averaged 15.7 points per game, tied with Harrison Barnes for the team lead (Zeller scored 581 points in 37 games, Barnes 580) • Scored in double figures in 32 of 37 games, including 17 of the last 18 games • Carolina's second-leading rebounder (7.2) and shot blocker (45) and is third in steals (27) • Led the Tar Heels in scoring 15 times • Led the Tar Heels in free throws made (161) and free throws attempted (211) and free throw percentage (.763) • Made 19 more free throws than any other UNC player attempted.

Earned first-team All-ACC Tournament honors • Averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, made 16 of 31 shots from the floor and 9 of 12 free throws in the three games in Greensboro • Hit the tying and winning shots against Miami and the tying basket against Clemson • Had three blocks against Duke.

2010-11 NCAA Tournament Highlights: Led Carolina in scoring for the fourth straight game with 21 points and added nine rebounds and four blocks in regional final vs. Kentucky • Scored UNC's last four points, including both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game at 67 and a tip-in with 1:52 to play to pull within a point • Led all scorers for the third game in a row with 27 points and added 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in Sweet 16 win over Marquette • The four assists were a career high and he tied his career best with seven offensive boards and the three thefts • Led all scorers with 23 points and was UNC's top defender in win over Washington • Scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks against LIU • Tied the sixth-most points by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game (most since Tyler Hansbrough's 33 against Michigan State in 2007) • Went 9 of 14 from the floor and 14 of 19 from the line • The 14 free throws equal the second-most by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game (with Tommy Kearns in 1957 and Tyler Hansbrough in 2007) and the 19 attempts equal the most in UNC's NCAA history (with Kearns) • Scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half (from 15:18 to 7:39, he scored 14 of UNC's 18 points).

2010-11 ACC Tournament Highlights: Scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half including a jump hook with 29 seconds to play in regulation that tied the game at 73-all in UNC's ACC semifinal win over Clemson • Second straight game he hit the tying basket with less than a minute to play • Scored UNC's last four field goals of the game including the game-winner with no time left to play in 61-59 win over Miami in the ACC quarterfinal • Jump hook with 43 seconds to play tied the game at 59, the first tie since it was 20-20, then took a pass from Kendall Marshall and laid it in for the winning hoop.

2010-11 Regular Season Game Highlights: Made 7 of 11 shots from the floor and had 14 points in win over Duke - after the Blue Devils closed to within 60-52, Zeller scored six of UNC's next eight points to increase the lead back to 12 • Established a personal ACC scoring high with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting against Maryland • Scored 14 first-half points as UNC built a 43-31 advantage • Earned his fourth consecutive defensive player of the game award, led all scorers with 16 points and had nine rebounds in 48-46 win over Boston College • Helped UNC limit BC to just 14 field goals and 26.9 percent shooting from the floor • Was defensive player of the game for the third game in a row, led UNC with 18 points and pulled down nine boards against Wake Forest • Defensive player of the game at Clemson, helping UNC limit the Tigers to 34.4 percent shooting from the floor and 62 points at home • Scored 24 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and was UNC's top defender at Duke • Had 13 points and nine rebounds in the opening half • Went 6 for 7 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the free throw line en route to an ACC season high 18 points and tied his career high with three steals at Boston College • Had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in home win over Clemson • Had 16 points and nine rebounds against Virginia Tech - bucket with 2:18 to play gave Carolina the lead for good and another basket with 1:01 left gave the Tar Heels a 62-58 lead.

UNC's defensive award winner and leading rebounder (10) against Rutgers • Overcame early second-half foul trouble to record a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds at Evansville.

Led Carolina to a 75-73 win over 10th-ranked Kentucky with a spectacular 27-point, 11-rebound, five block performance • Established then-career highs in points and rebounds, tied his career best in blocks and was UNC's defensive player of the game • Made 8 of 13 shots from the floor and 11 of 12 (10 in a row) from the line • Scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half • Went 10 for 10 from the line in the final 4:19 • The 27 points marked the third time in his last five games he scored 20 or more points, establishing career highs all three times • Had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Vanderbilt and 23 points in win over UNC Asheville • Made the All-Tournament Team at the Puerto Rico Tipoff Classic, averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games in San Juan.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009-10)
Was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game • Carolina's defensive player of the game seven times, second-most on the team despite missing 10 games • Named to the Academic All-ACC Team for the second time.

Averaged 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 11 games after returning from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games in ACC play • Blocked a career-high five shots and had seven rebounds in win at UAB • Scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 13 minutes in the win at Mississippi State, but caught an elbow above his right eye with 12:10 to play that sent him to the locker room with a facial laceration and a mild concussion • Received five stitches.

Scored eight of his 13 points in the second half in the win over William and Mary • Twice stole the ball near midcourt and raced in for breakaway dunks, including the game-clinching play with 48 seconds to go that gave UNC a 77-72 lead • Recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the ACC Tournament against Georgia Tech.

Missed 10 ACC games before returning to action on Feb. 20 at Boston College • Had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks against the Eagles • Had eight points and two blocks in the win at Wake Forest • Diagnosed on Jan. 14, 2010, with a stress fracture in his third metatarsal in his right foot • Tar Heels went 2-8 in his absence.

Matched his career scoring high with 18 points in the win over Marshall • Made a career-best seven field goals against the Herd, the second time in as many games he made seven field goals • Had 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor against Texas • Went 6 for 6 from the floor against NC Central • Earned his first defensive player of the game award as a Tar Heel against NC Central • Also won defensive honors against Valparaiso, Rutgers, Kentucky, Albany, Florida State and UAB • Had nine points and two blocks against Syracuse • Had six points and five rebounds in win over Michigan State • Sparked Carolina's second-half rally at Kentucky, scoring six of his 10 points in the half, helping cut a 19-point deficit to three.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09)
Member of the 2009 national champions • Named to All-ACC Academic Basketball Team • Made 17 of 36 shots from the floor and 13 of 17 from the free throw line • Started the first two games he played • Led Carolina with 18 points in his collegiate debut against Penn • Was the first Tar Heel since Tyler Hansbrough (in 2005-06) to lead the team in scoring in his college debut • Had two of UNC's 16 steals against Kentucky • Suffered a broken left wrist in the final minutes the Kentucky game • Underwent surgery on Nov. 19 to repair broken left radius and ulna • Was injured when he was fouled on a breakaway dunk attempt with 1:26 to play • Played in 13 games after returning from a 13-week layoff due to the wrist injury • Began practicing again on Feb. 5 • Returned to action against NC State on Feb. 18 after missing 23 contests • Had two points and three rebounds in eight minutes in his return against NC State • Scored an ACC high eight points against Georgia Tech • Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in 13 minutes in the NCAA opener against Radford • Hit one free throw in the national title game against Michigan State.

PREP
Played for Coach Gene Miiller at Washington High School • Selected Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2008 • Also won Gatorade Player of the Year honors • Averaged 33.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 69 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line • Led Washington to 2005 and 2008 3-A state titles and four sectional crowns • Scored 43 points in the state finals in the win over Fort Wayne Harding • The 43 points are the most ever scored in any Indiana state title game • Earned Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Indiana high school all-stars to win over the Kentucky all-stars in Indianapolis with 22 points and seven rebounds • McDonald's All-America • Had 15 points, five boards and three blocks in 2008 Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville • Won the three-point contest at the Derby Festival • Was MVP of the 2007 Bob Gibbons Memorial Day Tournament • Averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior in leading Washington to the sectional title • Three-time all-conference selection • Won the best post player award at the 2007 NBA Players Top 100 camp • Also played on the tennis team for three years.

PERSONAL
Posted a 3.97 GPA and was third in his senior class academically • His older brother was a 2005 McDonald's All-America and played at Notre Dame • His younger brother was also a McDonald's All-America and is a freshman at Indiana • All three brothers earned Indiana's Mr. Basketball honors • Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Read Across America and the United Way • Born Tyler Paul Zeller on Jan. 17, 1990 in Visalia, Calif. • Son of Steve and Lorri Zeller • His uncle, Al Eberhard, played for four seasons with the NBA's Detroit Pistons • Business administration major.
Position: Forward
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
Hometown: Washington, Ind.
High School: Washington
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